If you’re looking for some easy weekend work ideas to help you earn some extra cash or some easy side jobs, we’ve got 41 ways you can start earning a second income. There are heaps of jobs that need weekend workers or an extra set of hands, and a lot of fantastic opportunities for you to start your own side hustle in ten minutes!
If you need to make some extra cash - like, yesterday - you’ve come to the correct place for some advice!
With the boom in the share economy and gig economy, there are now more and more ways to supplement your main income with an easy side position.
Below are 41 ways you can start earning extra money
If you are looking for some weekend work, or considering starting a part-time side hustle on top of your main income, it’s important to consider:
Making extra money tips
Yes work is important, but so are your family, friends and a healthy work/life balance. The tasks and challenges you’ll be facing starting this second job will be there tomorrow, and the day after, so make sure to give yourself time to just enjoy life and the people you care about.
Don’t compete with your first job
If you think you’ve spotted a business opportunity from knowledge you’ve gained in your first position, this is most likely unethical and you could be defrauding your current employer by using classified information. Start a different or totally unrelated niche business instead - it’ll give you a bit more variety.
Give yourself credit
Trying to add to your full time work - whether that’s starting a second business, a gig in the share economy, or more hours at another job - is going to be tough. Do-able, but tough, so don’t beat yourself up if you find it hard or struggle at times! Give yourself a pat on the back for challenging yourself.
Don’t let your main job slip
Your full-time position is your most important and is the one that is generating the majority of your income. Don’t unintentionally deprioritise your job by focusing on your new and shiny second position.
The list below has forty-one of the best ways for you to earn some easy extra money on your weekends!
41 Ways you can earn extra money
Rent out your car
Want to make some money with your car, but not keen to spend hours driving around playing taxi driver? You can let people in your community borrow it for cash when you’re not using it instead. You’re fully insured for each trip, with 24/7 roadside assistance, and drivers are screened for a safe driving record. Andy Corocan made $40,000 sharing his unused van on Car Next Door! Renting your car out is a great way to save money and cut your car's costs.
Participate in focus groups
You can sign up with market research companies whose job is to run focus groups on behalf of their clients. They will send you screening surveys and if you fit what they are looking for you can get paid to give your opinion. You can make $50 to hundreds of dollars depending on the length of the interview.
Sell your extra stuff
With Facebook Marketplace, Ebay and Gumtree and other online sites, it’s easier than ever to sell your unwanted items. Instead of looking for an easy second job, first have a clear-out of your stuff and earn some cash. You could also offer it as a service to others - you organise and sell their additional unwanted items on their behalf for a service fee or a cut of the profits.
Look for whale vomit
Okay, I know this one sounds absolutely disgusting, but hear me out. Whale vomit, or ambergris, is also called floating gold if that piques your interest. It’s produced in the intestines of sperm whales. Once it's been passed by the whale, it floats on the water and occasionally washes up on the beach as a waxy lump. It's been known to sell at auction for over $50,000!
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You can use a bike, motorbike, car or scooter to deliver for Ubereats, Deliveroo or Menulog. The handy thing about these types of second jobs is they tend to be flexible so you only work when you want to. Food delivery is an easy way to earn extra money because there is a high demand for it in evenings - times that are typically free if you work 9-5.
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Be a secret shopper
If you enjoy shopping, this may be the best weekend job you’ll ever have. Mystery Shoppers or Secret Shoppers are normally sourced from companies who keep a list of people to contact. It isn’t necessarily going to be regular work, but it’s an easy way to earn a bit of extra cash for a fun activity or splurge.
Sure, it isn’t glamorous, but standing on the street handing out flyers is a pretty relaxed second job. Normally they only require you for a few hours as well, so you’ll still have enough time on your weekend for fun activities, but with a extra hundred or two in your pocket. Not to mention the added health benefit of getting some extra exercise into your routine.
Share your home
Airbnb, Stayz, Tripping, VRBO, Homestay are all sites where you can share your home for some extra cash. If you have a spare bedroom in your place, or even if you have roommates, talk about making a space for visitors so that you can help offset your rent (check your lease to make sure you’re allowed).
Farmers' Market Worker
Farmers' Markets are typically held on weekends and there’s a need for workers to help with setting up their stalls, sell their wares and pack it all up again. You can expect to have to start early on a Saturday or Sunday for this one, but you might be able to score some bargains at the same time.
Australians love their coffee and if you can master the art of making a perfect flat white, you’ll always be able to find work as a barista.
If you want to earn some extra income and also get a bit of exercise in, put out an ad on Gumtree or create some flyers and walk around and distribute them in your local area. Professional dog walkers charge from around $20 per dog per hour. If you do decide to start taking multiple dogs, there are some excellent belts you can buy to attach the dogs' leads to to take the pressure off your arms and shoulders.
Crafting on Etsy
An Etsy business is one you can easily start for under $100. Just get crafting, take some pictures of your product and put them up. It may start as a Saturday and Sunday job but there are many people who have turned their side hustle on Etsy into a full-time career.
You know when you’re walking down the street and you see a very smiley person offering you free can of a new soft drink, or some kind of snack bar? These people are called “brand ambassadors” and you can find these jobs advertised on any job site. Unlike flyering, you are expected to interact with passers-by and essentially represent the brand by being friendly, cheerful, promoting and selling whatever product you are giving out. If you are chatty and cheerful this could be a fun second job for you!
Be in a wedding band
If you can sing or play an instrument, look for positions in existing wedding bands. Particularly if you’re a student at a conservatorium, this is a great way to balance your studies with some extra income.
Party Bus Driver
Who likes to party? We like to party! Get used to asking that question if you sign up for a gig as a party bus driver.
If you speak a second language working as a translator is another way to earn a second income. A lot of these positions are also remote, so you can do them from anywhere. You can also work to becoming a specialist translator, which means you have specialist subject knowledge, for example a medical translator or legal translator. The advantage of these positions is that because they are more niche they tend to pay better, and you have less competition.
Nanny / Babysitter
If you’re good with kids, sign up or advertise your services as a babysitter. You can also reach out to your current friends and ask if they know anyone in their social circles looking for a trustworthy and responsible babysitter. The advantage of advertising your services yourself is that while it may be a little slower at first, you keep the total fee yourself, instead of going through an agency who pockets a commission. Note: you will need a Working with Children Check.
You can get employed by a charity to source new donations for them by either calling or standing on the street and talking to passers-by. The job is probably one of the harder ones on the list as you’ll need to be prepared for some rejection, but could also be one of the most rewarding.
They say it’s a good sign of a city when there are cranes everywhere, and boy do we have a lot of those. Have a look online for people advertising for day labourer jobs.
Computer Skills Trainer
If you can send emails and know how to permanently delete files from your hard drive, there is a lot of easy work available assisting with basic computer skills for retirees and the not-so-technically-savvy. It’s an easy weekend job helping people learn more about computers.
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Petrol Station Attendant
Not the most glamorous job, but between truck drivers and people on long trips, many petrol stations are kept open 24/7, which means there is no shortage of weekend work available for you.
If you have a sports team you really like, you might be able to get paid to work at their games! Granted you won’t be able to sit and watch, but you’ll be paid to soak in the atmosphere.
Be a model
If you’ve got it, flaunt it - and luckily we all have it! Many art schools need models for their life drawing classes that you can apply for. It’s worth noting though that a lot of these are nude models, so make sure you confirm the expectations before you accept!
Unsurprisingly, bottle shops get a lot of visitors on the weekend - and as such there is always going to be demand for weekend workers.
Work at the movies
If you love movies, this job will be for you. Many cinemas will offer super discounted tickets to their staff as a perk. With the weekends and evening being primetime for moviegoers, you’ll be able to find enough work on the weekend for your needs.
Photographer of engagements and weddings
Weddings are a multi-billion-dollar business for a reason. If you can build up a good reputation as a photographer, your word-of-mouth referrals will be enough to keep you busy!
Tutoring is targeted at all ages, from primary school students all the way through to university students. You can sign up with a tutoring provider as one of their tutors, or advertise your tutoring privately online.
Grow your own succulents
Succulents are on trend at the moment. From decoration at cafes to Kmart, you can find these everywhere - and they start from about $8 for a baby succulent in a pot. You can find instructions online to grow these easily yourself to sell at local markets.
Teach a class
If you have a topic you are knowledgeable in, or something you are good at, you can teach a class at your local community center or library. You can charge for admission and teach painting, yoga, computer skills, a language or anything you like.
Run a Face Painting stall
Practice a few classic face painting designs before heading to a local market or event where you can setup. If you don’t have any nearby, check with your local council about setting up on the weekend at a park.
Run a cleaning business
You don’t need much more than some decent cleaning products, a bucket, mop and a vacuum to get going as a mobile cleaning business. If you wanted to branch out into professional carpet cleaning, that’s when the investment in supplies would really start to ramp up, but general household tidying and a simple mop is a very achievable way to start your business without a huge cost.
It is physically hard work, but with some experience you can make decent money picking. And at least you’ll get to be outdoors and enjoy some sun. This is a great weekend job that doesn’t require customer service skills either.
Instead of cooking in a restaurant, these days there is a market for busy families with two working parents who want quality food cooked for their children.
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Become a bartender
Unsurprisingly, Friday and Saturday nights are the busy period for this job. One of the perks of being a bartender is that not only will you be able to earn some extra cash, but if you do enjoy going out on your weekends, this is a way to reduce the money you’re spending on drinks and dinners while still getting to be a part of the nightlife!
There are a number of tour guide operators, and they tend to have two pricing structures. Either you are paid an hourly rate and tour attendees pay a flat rate for your tour; or, increasingly there is the pay-as-you-feel option - where people can come for free and they pay you what they think it’s worth at the end.
Help a language student improve their spoken skills by spending an hour or two conversing with them and providing feedback on their accent and sentence construction. One of the most valuable tools you have, particularly as a native speaker, is the colloquial terms and phrases that are rarely taught at language schools.
Get paid to look after people's houses and water their plants while they go away on vacation. If you can build a good reputation, this business could also supplement your travel plans!
Social media assistant
They say it takes 10,000 hours to be really good at something. How long have you spent training your social media skills? Many small companies don’t really have the resources to hire someone full time to manage their social media, so approach some small businesses that you think you could help out a few hours a week to improve their reach.
Start an online store
With shoppers moving more and more to an online market, you can now easily set up your own online stall, selling anything from arts and crafts that you’ve made to a product that you think people will like.
Personal sport coach
If you played tennis, AFL, rugby, you swum or did any sport at a decent level, why not look into private coaching?
You can typically start with no experience as a general transcriptionist, and then with experience specialising in medical or legal transcriptionist you can earn more. Plus, this position tends to offer flexible working conditions, and so you can work it to suit your own schedule.